Pet Care Video: Preventing Pet Ear Infections
Keeping pets’ ears clean contribute to their health and wellness by preventing irritation and infection that can be painful and potentially lead to hearing loss. Ear disease is one of the most common conditions in pets. The medical name for inflammation or infection of the outer ear canal is otitis externa. Otitis externa is estimated to affect 20% of dogs and 7% of cats in the United States. In 2007, Veterinary Pet Insurance reported that treatment for ear infections ranked as the number one medical claim made for dogs and number eight for cats.
Pets are prone to otitis externa due to the long length and L-shape of their ear canals. Debris and bacteria love to collect at the corner of the L and with the naturally warm and sometimes moist environment of the ears, it becomes the perfect environment for infection.
Dogs that are most prone to ear infection include floppy or long-eared breeds (Cocker Spaniels, retrievers, basset hounds, etc) because the long ears hang over the ear canal entrance and prevent the canals from drying out. Dogs that swim and get water into their ears and pets with over-production of wax or hair growth deep in their ear canals are also at increased risk. Ear infection can also result from underlying conditions such as skin allergies and hormonal disorders such as hypothyroidism.
Other conditions that can affect pets’ ears and mimic infection include ear mites, foreign bodies (especially plant material) and ear tumors.
What are signs that your pet may have an ear infection?
Signs of ear problems include:
- Scratching or rubbing of the ears and/or head
- Head shaking or tilting the head to one side
- Pain around the ears—your pet may shy away from you petting his or her head
- Odor or discharge from the ears
- Redness or swelling of the ear flap or the ear canal
- Changes in behavior—ear infections are painful and many pets will become snappy or irritable
If you witness any of these signs in your pet, visit EZ Vet Pet Health Care Center for a thorough ear examination to determine the cause of the problem. If infections are left untreated, they can lead to hearing loss or extend into the inner ear and become life threatening.
Watch the video below on how to properly clean your pet ears and help prevent any possible ear infections with your pet.
How to clean your pets ears by EZ Vet Pet Health Care Center
Pet Education: Bladder Stones
Signs and diagnosis of bladder stones in dogs: Dogs with bladder stones may have blood in their urine and may urinate frequently, passing only small quantities each time. Often, they will strain while urinating, holding their body in the urinating posture for much longer than normal. They may lick their genital area more than normal. Some dogs with bladder stones may show no signs at all, and the stones are discovered while palpating the abdomen during a routine physical exam. In other cases, the diagnosis of bladder stones in dogs is made or confirmed with abdominal x-rays. Most stones are radiopaque, meaning they show up on the radiographic film as obvious white circles or shapes just as bones do. A few are radiolucent, where the x-ray beams pass right through and therefore, they do not show up on the finished film. To confirm the presence of these types of stones, a special dye is passed into the bladder and it outlines the stones in the x-ray. With this method, we see a white area (the dye) with a black hole in the center (the stone) What causes bladder stones in dogs? The process by which bladder stones develop is really quite simple, but what causes it to occur only in certain dogs, cats, or humans? Factors that influence the development of stones include genetic predisposition, the concentration of the stone constituents in the urine, urine pH, and the presence of bacterial infections.
Pictured is an actual dog bladder stone case- surgery performed by Dr. Velez from EZ Vet Pet Health Care Center 12035 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 (305) 255-7838 __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________enter.com
It is important to maintain your pets nails and have them trimmed every few months.
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The end of the summer means a lot of changes for each member of your household, even your pet. With kids going back to school and moms and dads going back to work after vacation, many families’ schedules completely change this time of year. And vets say it’s normal for your cat or dog to exhibit some signs of depression, or back-to-school blues.
Animal experts say that you can avoid destructive behaviors when a schedule change happens in your home by ensuring your pet is kept busy while no one is home. For dogs this may mean buying some new toys that will stimulate them throughout the day or hiding treats in different rooms of your home. New toys may also help make the transition easier for your feline friends.
Dog owners may also consider hiring a dog walker to play with their pet during the day or enrolling him in a doggie daycare program. These programs help keep canines engaged and active while their owners are at work. And, just like a childcare center, you drop him off before work and pick him up afterwards.
Remembering to set aside some time in the morning and at night to play with your cat or dog is always important, especially when your family’s schedule has changed.
Pet Health Tips brought to you by: EZ Vet Pet Health Care Center
You notice every little thing your pet does – but did you know that dogs and cats have evolved to hide illness? Showing weakness makes an animal – and their pack – vulnerable, so our best friends do everything they can to keep a stiff upper lip. Your vet can find problems your pet hides – another reason why annual checkups are so important!
Vist EZ Vet Pet Health Care Center for your pet’s annual exam